Guttenberg man sentenced to 60 years in prison for raping two underage girls

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A Guttenberg man has been sentenced to 60 years in prison, essentially a life sentence, for raping two underage girls after being convicted of the crimes in September.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Hudson County Superior Court Judge Patrick Arre sentenced Oscar Castaneda, 65, of Guttenberg to 60 years in state prison on multiple charges related to the sexual assault of two minor female victims, the county prosecutor’s office announced.

Castaneda will have to serve 85 percent of his sentence without the opportunity for parole subject to the No Early Release Act. Megan’s Law registration and Parole Supervision for Life were also imposed at the time of the sentencing.

The defendant was sentenced to 15 years in New Jersey State Prison for the aggravated sexual assault of the first victim to run consecutive to a 45-year sentence for the aggravated sexual assault of the second victim.

Castaneda faced a longer sentence for the aggravated sexual assault of the second victim since the acts occurred after the enactment of the Jessica Lunsford Act. Castaneda was also sentenced on the other charges for which he was found guilty, all to run concurrent.

On September 13, 2019, Castaneda was found guilty by a Hudson County jury of four counts of aggravated sexual assault, two counts of sexual assault, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, one count of terroristic threats, and one count of simple assault.

The jury found Castaneda guilty of all charges of sexually assaulting the two female victims.

The first victim was sexually assaulted multiple times during the time frame of March 2004 through March 2010 when she was age six through age 11.

The second victim was sexually assaulted multiple times during the time frame of November 2013 through April 2018 when she was age five through age 10.

Arre presided over the trial and the state was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Karen Kazanchy.